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Mark's Story

“His full name Areebahoona, means God sees everywhere,” explains Polline, Mark’s mother. When she was seven months pregnant, she learned that her unborn child has hydrocephalus. It was, however, a shock that when he was born, he also had spin… Read more

“His full name Areebahoona, means God sees everywhere,” explains Polline, Mark’s mother. When she was seven months pregnant, she learned that her unborn child has hydrocephalus. It was, however, a shock that when he was born, he also had spina bifida. Polline was devastated when she woke up from her C-section and saw her baby but she told us that, “I believe that God does everything for a reason.” Her husband and her parents are very supportive, in fact, it is her husband Michael who first came to CURE with Mark because she was still very weak from her operation- she followed later. Michael, who is a marketer has gone back to work but as for Pauline, she says that she will be out of work for a while until she and Mark fully recover- she is a teacher. Polline is now accompanied by her sister Sylvia who is helping to take care of her. Polline heard that there is a possibility of her giving birth to another child with spina bifida so she is eager to learn the preventive measures and we have assigned the spina bifida coordinator to teach her everything she needs to know about this condition. Please be praying for Mark and Polline.

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Feb 12, 2018

Mark was discharged home over the weekend, the plan is for him return to CURE in the middle of March when he will probably have his next operation. Please be praying for Mark, that he will recover well from his previous operation and for his upcoming surgery to go well.

Feb 08, 2018

“Mark is now stable and am hoping that we will be out of ICU this afternoon. He is feeding well and isn’t crying much. The only thing I'll be doing during today's devotion is thanking God,” said Polline. Yesterday he had an oxygen mask on, but today it was taken off. Polline’s husband Michael is aware that the surgery went well and is very relieved. We know that you share in our thankfulness for healing progress! Photo of Mark

Feb 07, 2018

Mark went in for an irrigation of the ventricles where Dr. Justin rinsed out his cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which showed signs of infection and bleeding. He will need another operation to treat his hydrocephalus because this procedure was just to clean the CSF. He will spend tonight in the ICU and most likely be transferred back to the ward tomorrow. Please keep Mark in your prayers, that he will recover well from his last two operations and for his future procedure to go well. Photo of Mark

Feb 06, 2018

“I am happy with what has been done to Mark so far. He is very different from how he was before surgery,” said Michael. He came in yesterday to visit Mark and his wife Polline who said that it felt good to see her husband. Mark is still on his antibiotics regimen, and the site of the surgery is healing well. We thank God for Mark’s health and for your encouragement and prayers for this family! Photo of Mark

Feb 05, 2018

"Our weekend was fine. He is now breastfeeding. On Saturday the bandage was removed from his back and the wound is healing well. I am happy about that," said Polline. Mark is still on antibiotics, please keep praying for continued healing! Photo of Mark

Feb 01, 2018

“He is a bit fine now. I feel better, yesterday I was scared,” said Polline. Mark spent the night in the ICU and is being transferred to the ward today. His doctors have no major concerns. He has five more days on antibiotics so his doctors haven’t started planning for surgery on his head yet. Yesterday, Polline was able to call Micheal to tell him about the operation. Please be praying for Mark to heal quickly from his operation and for any future operation to also be successful. Photo of Mark

Jan 31, 2018

"Please pray for him to come out of surgery alive. I know it is God’s will that he is going to have this surgery,” Polline said. Her folks back at home are aware of today’s surgery and are praying for her and Mark too. Mark is currently in surgery where Dr. Justin is performing a myelomeningocele closure, once the operation is finished he will spend the night in the ICU. Please join Polline and her family in praying for Mark. Photo of Mark

Jan 30, 2018

Pauline says she hasn’t slept because during the night, Mark keeps crying and is very irritable. He was Immunized yesterday and we ran blood tests in the lab and he is now being monitored by our doctors as he awaits surgery for spina bifida. Pauline said, “I am praying more.” Please join us in praying too for her and Mark. Photo of Mark

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